Every year for three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, New York City celebrates the season and makes use of its most valuable public space, its streets. This year, the New York City Department of Transportation will open nearly seven miles of routes, from East 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge along Park Avenue, that are typically meant for vehicles, to walkers, runners, skaters, and bikers, encouraging the city to take more sustainable modes of transportation.
First introduced in 2008, this year’s New York City Summer Streets will take place on August 5th, 12th, and 19th from the hours of 7 A.M. to 1 P.M. The nearly seven miles of open streets will be met with six rest stops along the path in Central Park, Uptown, Midtown, Astor Place, Soho, and Foley Square for participants of all ages and ability levels to enjoy free activities.
The activities and setups at each rest stop will be different, providing participants with a completely new experience the further they continue their journey along the path.
Here are some of the places to see at each rest stop this August during Summer Streets. We’re also hosting a special Secrets of Grand Central Terminal tour this weekend at 10am, where we’ll see some of these activities unfolding as part of the event! Purchase tickets below:
Central Park Rest Stop
Layout of LG Quadwash water park. Image via New York City Department of Transportation on Flickr.
If you’re starting your journey down Park Avenue during this year’s Summer Streets at the northern end, the first rest stop on your way is the Central Park Rest Stop on 72nd Street. While most have a number of fun activities, the Central Park Rest Stop only has one listed on its official site. This year, LG has unveiled plans for a massive 30′ x 50′ water park in line with their new dishwashers.
The inflatable water park will feature obstacle courses that are continuously sprayed with water, as well as giant slides in the shape of kitchen utensils. The entire setup will be modeled, inside and out, after the elements of their LG Quadwash dishwasher, which includes the obstacle courses being in the shape of dishes and a four armed water jet to soak anyone choosing to go through the park.
LG’s project is approximately two and a half times bigger than a tennis court and organizers are claiming it to be Manhattan’s first water park. In addition to the park itself, LG is providing refreshments, music entertainment, and giveaways onsite.
If water parks aren’t your cup of tea, the Central Park Rest Stop will have chairs and tables to give festival goers an option to relax and enjoy the festivities without getting drenched.